in a Pecan Shell
Coyanosa’s first historic event
was the opening of a post office in 1908. Although it closed in 1918,
the town was here to stay. Cotton
farmers irrigated their fields in the drought-stricken 1950s from
freshly drilled wells.
No one thought to count the residents until 1958, when they numbered
200. The post office reopened and in the early 1960s, the town was
thriving with eight business and an estimated population of 600.
The infamous fuel shortages of the late 1970s put an end to irrigation
and most cotton farms went belly-up.
The population declined accordingly and soon it was down to 270. It
has since declined to 138 for the 2000 census.
- The only community on FM 1776"
"Yes, Coyanosa is full of possibilities... There is the Steakhouse,
just take over the payments; a garage, ready for updating; a Bed And
Breakfast, transportation attached; a nearby fixer upper, some assembly
required; a store, the only local business and a shop, the door is
always open. As the Welcome Sign says, "The only community on FM 1776,"
a real selling point for the realtors. A truck stop? The only reason
a truck would stop here, or near here, is a breakdown and Coyanosa
can't help with that." - Barclay
Gibson, February 2008
Texas History fun facts I came across your site while
searching for information on Coyanosa,Texas. I wanted to let you know
that the "ghost sign" from the café that you show was once owned by
my parents, Gene and Frances Carr.
The photo of the "Steak House" is a photo of that café… once called
Coyanosa Café. I can remember my father serving coffee and laughing
with the customers, he was our cashier and host. My mother was Chief
cook and dishwasher, along with us seven kids. We lived behind the
café and I walked in the back door every morning for breakfast before
I grew up in that café. I started first grade while my parents ran
that café, we caught the bus in the empty lot right beside it to ride
Stockton for school. 30 miles one way… every grade on the same
bus. There were about 500 people in the town at that time, not including
the "gas plant people".
Later, my father became manager of Coyanosa farms and I sold cantaloupe
in the produce stand you have pictured to raise money for our summer
vacations. The gentleman that runs the grocery store there now, next
door to the produce stand, also ran it when I was a child. I am 59
years old. He still remembers every one of us. Robert Gamboa is his
Those were simpler times. Good times. Thanks for the memories. - NaKina
Carr Talbert, May 08, 2019
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